SKYRAIDER
SKYRAIDER

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

VAW-33, USS America, 1967

Designation:

EA-1F

Serial Number:

135018

DOUGLAS EA-1F SKYRAIDER

The design of the Douglas Skyraider dates to 1943 when the U.S. Navy requested a single seat aircraft capable of acting as both a dive-bomber and a torpedo bomber. The prototype first flew in March 1945. The design was very well received during testing and the first aircraft entered service in 1946 as the AD-1. The Skyraider proved to be a very adaptable design and production of eight major models and thirty-seven variants continued until 1957 with 3,180 built. The basic AD-5 model appeared in 1950 as a two seat anti-submarine aircraft with a wider and slightly longer fuselage. The larger fuselage allowed more extensive modification into a four seat electronic countermeasures aircraft designated AD-5Q. In 1962, these aircraft were re-designated as EA-1F. A small number of them remained in service as late as 1979.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 50 ft 9 in
  • Length: 40 ft 1 in
  • Height: 15 ft 10 in
  • Weight: 18,799 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 200 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 26,000 ft
  • Range: 1,202 miles
  • Engines: 1 Wright R-3350-26WA radial engine, 2,700 horsepower
  • Crew: 4